The chief technology officers (CTOs) of seven of the world's leading aerospace manufacturers on Tuesday issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to achieving more sustainable aviation and to reaching industry-wide Air Transport Action Group targets. The statement updates a commitment made by a unified group of CTOs in June 2019 as part of a shared position to support the aviation sector's ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The CTOs of Airbus, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and Safran will also issue a call to action to policymakers, research institutions, suppliers, fuel producers, and airport operators to build on the progress made in recent years and deliver on the aviation sector's sustainability agenda.
The joint statement comes as the CTOs come together to discuss progress in aviation sustainability at a pre COP26 event and industry showcase held in London by ADS, the organization that represents the aerospace, defense, security, and space industries in the UK.
The companies have pledged to work together on three core areas of aviation technology, namely advancing aircraft and engine design and technology, supporting the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and investigating hydrogen as a fuel of the future, and continuing efforts centered on the development of “novel” technologies to enable net-zero carbon aviation while maintaining the industry’s safety and quality standards.
The seven CTOs have called for “a sustained and planned approach from policymakers” centered on accelerating SAF and green hydrogen production capacity. Other priorities include a globally consistent approach to regulation and certification standards, collaboration between research institutions and aerospace suppliers, investment in SAF production by fuel producers, and spending by airport operators in the infrastructure to support the new technologies.